Schedule of Environmental Programs
Prince Gallitzin State Park
6:00-9:00 pm – Family Fishing
Learn and practice some basic fishing skills, then fish – no license required! The PA Fish and Boat Commission will provide equipment and bait. What’s the “catch”? Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult. Meet at the pavilion at Pickerel Pond.
3:00-4:30 pm – Forest Discovery Hike
Trees are an important part of any forest, but a group of trees does not a forest make! Join in this walk to explore all the parts of a forest, from the ground up, and how every part is important to keep a healthy forest functioning. Meet at the Point Trailhead parking lot.
8:00-9:30 pm – Bat Count
Become a scientist for the evening: help count the bats of Prince Gallitzin! Before the counting begins, find out why bats are such important creatures and how our world would not be the same without them. Learn about a disease that is attacking our bats, and gather information on how you can give bats a boost. Then as darkness begins to descend, help tally the bats as they leave their daytime roosting area. With bat numbers declining all over the northeast, each count is extremely important in determining the status of local bat populations. Children are welcome to participate, but adults able to stay through to the end of the count are needed. This bat count will be held at the old barn along Long Road. (Long Road is the road to Killbuck boat launch.) Follow signs for parking. Bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.
10:30-11:30 am – Library at the Lake
Join the park naturalist for a nature story, and then make a neat craft to take home! This activity is open to anyone who would like to participate, but is designed for children ages 4-12. Meet at the small pavilion near the campground contact station. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
1:00-3:00 pm – Nature at the Pond
Stop by the nature table at Pickerel Pond for some hands-on learning! Discover why bats are such important creatures and compare yourself to one of these wonderful little bug-eaters.
For more information, contact Beth Garner, Environmental Education Specialist, at 814-674-1000 ext. 105 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at www.visitPAparks.com.
Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.